About

The Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers (WRV) is dedicated to the restoration of the natural areas of the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

WRV is a member-supported, volunteer-driven nonprofit founded in 1997 that actively protects and improves the natural environment within the nearly 2,000-acre urban park. Incredibly, more than 80% of the park is still forested.

But, the forest takes care of itself, right?

Unfortunately, the answer is “no,” for the Wissahickon. Located in a city surrounded by millions, the forest shows significant signs of a degrading ecosystem. Lack of plant and tree diversity. Severe erosion problems along tributaries. Too few seedlings for a future healthy forest. Overabundance of deer herds, invasions of exotic plant species that choke out native vegetation, and human use that introduces water and air pollution, all contribute to a forest in need of our help.

You can help! Join us at one of our volunteer events and/or donate to WRV. Your support is crucial!

COVID-19 Update

This spring we will begin leading small volunteer crews to help with our restoration work in the Wissahickon. Masks will be required and we will follow social distancing guidelines.

To see what volunteer events we have scheduled and to sign up to join us, check out our Events page >

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SUPPORT WRV

WRV is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the natural environment of the Wissahickon.

Please join us in keeping our beloved Wissahickon green and diverse for future generations.